The Netherlands to press for EU contribution cut

The Netherlands is going to put pressure on the European Union to grant it a permanent discount on its EU contributions, Nos reports on Tuesday.

Prime minister Mark Rutte reportedly made the comment during a meeting with British prime minister David Cameron in London. Britain has had a discount since the 1980s.
The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany are still the biggest net payers into the EU’s coffers. The payment is based on national income, plus a share of value-added and import tax receipts.
The Netherlands had a €1bn discount in 2005, the last time EU contributions for individual members were amended.

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